The Red Panda Expedition – Singalila National Park


Reni Pani Pop-up tours presents the Red Panda Expedition


Singalila National park is one of the most exotic Himalayan forests in India, is a National park of India located on the singalla range at an altitude of 7000ft to 12000 ft above sea level. In the Darjeeling District of West Bengal. It is well known for the trekking route to Sandakphu that runs through it. Singalila is one of the best places for the red Panda, Apart from these other mammals found here are: Himalayan Black bear, Clouded Leopard, Leopard Cat, Serow, Barking deer, Yellow-throated marten, Wild Boar, Pangolin, Pika, etc. Singalila is a birding paradise, More than 300 species of birds found here. It has a huge list of exotic birds like: Blood Pheasant, Satyr Trasopan ,Kalij Pheasant, Brown & Falvous Parrobills, Rufous-vented Tit and old world babbiers like the fire tailed Mayzornis and the golden breasted fulvetta, Rosefinchs, Bull finchs, Wren babbers, Laughing thrushes, Nuthatchs, Treecreepers, Yuhinas,Minivets, Partridges, and many more.

The Red Panda Ailurusfulgens are called the ‘firefox’ is a mammal native to Eastern Himalayas and Southwest China. It has Reddish brown fur a long shaggy tail and a waddling gait due to its shorter length of front legs. It is slightly larger than a big domestic Cat. It is arboreal, Feeds mainly on bamboos, but also eats eggs, birds & insects. It is a solitary animal mainly active from dusk to dawn and is largely sedentary during the day.

The Red Panda has been classified as Endangered by the IUCN because its wild population is estimated at less than 10,000 mature individuals and continuous to decline due to habitat loss and fragmentation, poaching and inbreeding depression, although red Pandas are protected by National laws in their range countries. Singallia is the best place in India to see these elusive and rare mammals.


ARRIVE Siligudi

Guests will be received at Bagdogra Airport and taken to their respective hotel in Darjeeling. In the afternoon we will have an optional Nature walk and orientation with the tour leader. Guests will have early dinner and overnight at hotel.

Depart from Siligudi and Arrive Manbhanjen

Today we will leave early morning for Manbhanjen, which is a entry point of Sangalila National park . We will carry packed breakfast for this 3 Hrs drive. After we reach Manebhanjen guests will transfer to a Vintage Land Rovers and start their ascent to Habre’s Nest our home for the next 6 Nights. The drive to habre’s nest is spectacular, and we will drive through rugged Eastern Himalayan landscape. We will reach Habre’s nest in time for Lunch. The Trackers would have already been out tracking since the morning and our red panda search will start from this afternoon.

Habre’s Nest Activities

We will start our wildlife activity from Habre’s Nest, after breakfast at around 8 am; Guests will go on different nature trails every day and explore different regions of the park looking for exotic Himalayan bird species and mammals. Trackers will leave early in search for Red Panda and will update us on sightseeing. If Red panda’s are seen then guests will be guided to the locations with our guides and porters to attempt to get a rare sighting. Guests can also do early morning birding in the in-house bird hide while sipping a hot cup of coffee.
We will spend the full day searching for birds and Mammals.

Habre’s Nest Activities

After an early morning breakfast we will take our Land Rovers down to Manebhanjen and subsequently to Bagdogra for onward travel connection.

  • Double bedded room with attached western toilets and Balcony
  • Every balcony is a sunset point
  • Room Heater
  • Hot & cold water
  • Total Ro Drinking water
  • Library
  • TV at the sitting area
  • Mini bar cum sitting area with a fire place
  • Power supply(Generator) From 5pm to 6am
  • Toiletries
  • In house bird studio with a hide
  • Trained Naturalist, Field biologist, Guides and porters
  • Exclusive Red panda Tourism
  • Directly taking part in the conservation, 20% of our profit margin goes to the conservation fund . Be a part of sustainable tourism

Cost Inclusions:
  • Direct Contribution towards Red Panda conservation project
  • 7N 8D Red Panda Expedition with stay on full board at Habre’s Nest
  • 1N stay at Elgin Hotel Darjeling on Dinner & Breakfast basis
  • Naturalist’s service
  • Expert tour guide from Reni Pani Jungle Lodge
  • Porters & Safari Land Rovers cost
  • Permits cost
  • Still Camera permits
  • Drinking water
  • Red Panda Tracking
  • Nepal Permission

Cost Excludes:
  • Domestic Flight to Bagdogra and back
  • Any food and beverages other than mentioned above
  • Laundry
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Anything not mentioned above

Tour Leader: Siddharth Biniwale

Sid's enthusiasm is contagious and his knowledge for all things wild make him one of our star naturalists. The first trail out in the Jungle triggered the essence of born free wandering within Sid. Right from then exploring wild has become a way of my Life for him! Sid has enjoyed participating and conducting nature orientation camps in different forested areas. His passion in environmental studies took him to the west coast to understand unique 'Bio-Geological' process of formation of Sand reefs. He gained experience in community conservation and joint forest management projects while working as a ground water geologist and naturalist with Foundation for Ecological Security. Then again for a year Sid swam, crawled and walked with different organisms to study tracks of these creatures from Kundalika estuary and adjacent coast. With the deep rooted enthusiasm for wildlife and outdoor mania he rode out to Mudumalai Tiger Reserve before joining us at Satpura. In short, the bond of the wild turned him into a naturalist from a nature enthusiast-geologist.

23 Feb to 3 Mar, 2019

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